“A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality,” John F. Kennedy once stated. In the tragedy, Hamlet, William Shakespeare presents Hamlet as one of the most distinguishable characters due his quest to avenge his father’s death. Hamlet Throughout the play, he is given various voices: as an avenger, as a moralist, and as a philosopher. In this essay, I will be explaining these personalities of Hamlet in depth.
The voice of Hamlet as an avenger is observed across the play after the ghost of old king Hamlet reveals that Claudius is the individual who murdered him. Hamlet commences his quest to kill Claudius by initially, acting insane in order to distract everyone from his actual plans of murder. He states that he is “but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw,” (Hamlet) meaning that he acts crazy purposely with the intention of avenging his father. Throughout the play, Hamlet attempts to kill Claudius but is prevented due to unfortunate events such as when he is sent to England and also when Claudius is praying. Even so, he is determined to kill him, stating that he, “the son of a dear father murdered, prompts to my revenge by heaven and hell,” (Hamlet) emphasizing his willingness to avenge his father’s death.
Hamlet is also perceived as a moralist across certain events in the play. For instance, in Act 3 Scene 3 when Claudius begins to pray, Hamlet ponders whether or not he should murder the king. Since he believes that individuals go directly to heaven if killed while they are praying, regardless of their countless sins, he decides to avenge his father’s death when another opportunity appears. Although many believe that killing is considered immoral, Hamlet’s actions can be justified by his quest for revenge on his father’s death.
Another example in which Hamlet can be observed as a moralist is when he commences to believe that the ghost might be deceiving him. While seeking to murder Claudius, he begins thinking that the ghost revealed...